How Do You Talk to Kids About Sharing?

How Do You Talk to Kids About Sharing?

by Twigtale

Sharing is a skill many parents encourage their kids to cultivate. However, we know there are a lot of different philosophies on how to talk to children about it and what guidelines to follow. Since preschool teachers must frequently decide how to approach sharing discussions and dilemmas, we asked for their feedback. We are incredibly grateful they took the time to respond and excited to share their expertise below! 

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Toddler Tip: Being The BOSS of Your Body (Personal Safety for Young Children)

These tips on teaching your children personal safety are from Pattie Fitzgerald, safety specialist and founder of Safely Ever After. Pattie reminds us that “Being the BOSS means you can tell ANYONE to leave your private parts alone… even a bigger kid or a grownup!  Being the BOSS means you can tell someone else that you won’t touch THEIR private parts, either!”

Kids love being the BOSS and this empowers them to be able to use their voice in any "yucky," uncomfortable situation. Being the BOSS OF YOUR BODY also works on the playground at school, in case another child is being physically aggressive in some way. The BOSS is in charge of THEIR Body!  (Make sure your child knows that they should tell you anytime someone gives them an UH-OH feeling.)

Pattie authored Twigtale's "I'm The Boss of My Body" and has been successfully teaching Child Predator Safety Awareness since 2001.

 

Toddler Tip: Being The BOSS of Your Body (Personal Safety for Young Children) was originally published on June 3, 2014. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on December 10, 2015. 

 

 

Toddler Tip: YES!

No.  I hear that word in my nightmares.  "No no no no!" is my preschooler's mantra.  These days I could ask her if she wanted a chocolate sunday while riding a pony and watching the movie Frozen and the answer would be. . . "NO!" Why the resistance?  What's with the "nos?" 

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Guest Post: Fostering Self-Reliance with Betsy Brown Braun

Isn’t it everyone’s parenting goal to raise strong, confident children who become secure and competent adults? We recently attended a parenting session on “Cultivating Self-Reliance” featuring acclaimed parenting expert author, Betsy Brown Braun.  Betsy led the audience through many different ways that we can start to lay the foundation with even our youngest children. 

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Tuesday Toddler Tip: Teaching Our Kids to Stay Safe

As parents of little ones, we all agree that the protecting our kids from abuse and abduction is of paramount importance. That said, parents often feel lost (and anxious) when trying to figure out how to teach young kids about personal safety. Pattie Fitzgerald, of SafelyEverAfter.com, shared a few tips on how to teach our young kids to trust their instincts and keep their bodies safe: 

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Tuesday Toddler Tip - Teaching About Sharing

by  Randi Abramowitz, MSW

No one wants to share!  It’s all mine! If I took the scissors that you were using, you’d probably say, “No, let me finish first”.  Yet we ask children to do it all the time.  If I said to you, “When you are finished with the scissors, can I use them?” you’d be a lot friendlier about the whole thing and I’d understand.  Same for our children. 

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